An estate sale coming up in Lakewood has some unusually quirky stuff of possible interest to dealers, collectors, and historic renovators.
The sale takes place at a one-of-a-kind English-style "cottage" — cottage in this case being a 3,350-square-foot home — located a block west of White Rock Lake, at 7169 Greentree Dr.
The house is a familiar Lakewood sight that was owned by a family for decades, and recently changed hands. The owners requested that their names not be included in the story.
Meanwhile, the seller left some serious treasures behind. The sale is being hosted by Highland Park Market Dallas, which always has interesting properties; but this has items that set it apart from the usual yard or estate sale.
Those include not only high-quality fixtures installed in the home when it was built in 1966; but also a collection of unique, unusual pieces of art. To see all of the 356 photos, click here.
The home is adorned with artisan and Old-World features such as antique doors, engravings, latches, and amazing details. Materials include brass, stone, slate, pewter, glass, and copper.
Many more memorable pieces are quite large. There are outdoor installations such as mushroom-style seats made from carved stone, and sculptures such as the one of a boy playing a panflute.
There's a fascinating gazebo-like monkey kiosk and bird aviary, with glassed-in walls, a pentagonal shape, and a curvy, spired roof.
There's a whole collection of bird feeders, and a working fountain with two slightly devilish cherubs.
Other distinctive finds that will likely require a pick-up truck include hand-hewn beams, animal cement engravings such as owls, and ornate, gargoyle-themed rain spouts.
The house is clad in hand-hewn cedar shakes, which may be complicated to remove, but they last forever, and hand-hewn is almost unheard of.
Other features include an incredible cedar entry door with decorative lead detailing and an antique rim lock.
There are nautical bronze lanterns, some made by a century-old company called J E & H Player, Bingley Works, from Birmingham, England, known for its manufacture of ship and railway lamp and carriage fittings.
There are vintage ship models, and a 500-gallon stocked aquarium. There are reproductions of historic artworks, and a library brimming with British histories and biographies, that include an emphasis on Winston Churchill. There are also darling hand-made dioramas featuring Churchill that are said to be historically accurate.
For those not in the market for cedar siding, the sale also includes more typical yard-sale merchandise. There's fine china; stainless steel appliances, including Jenn-Air double ovens and a cool square stainless steel sink; and antique furnishings, such as a drop-leaf table, cedar wine rack, and a handsome English trestle-style dining table with 6 ladderback chairs.
The sale is a three-day event that will run from July 12-14.